Libreboot

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Libreboot
Graphic of Canteloupe, Libreboot's mascot, which is a running deer in black and white.
ThinkPad X60 Series with Libreboot.jpg
Two ThinkPad X60 laptops, which have been modified to use Libreboot as their BIOS firmware.
Original author(s)Leah Rowe
Developer(s)Leah Rowe
Initial release12 December 2013; 8 years ago (2013-12-12)
Stable release20211122 (November 22, 2021; 8 months ago (2021-11-22)) [±][1]
Repositoryhttps://notabug.org/libreboot/lbmk
PlatformIA-32, x86-64, ARMv7[2][failed verification]
TypeFirmware
LicenseGNU GPLv3[3]
Websitelibreboot.org

Libreboot (briefly known as GNU Libreboot[4][5]) is a free software project based on coreboot, aimed at replacing the proprietary BIOS firmware contained by most computers. Libreboot is a lightweight system designed to perform only the minimum number of tasks necessary to load and run a modern 32-bit or 64-bit operating system.

Characteristics[edit]

Libreboot is established as a distribution of coreboot, but with proprietary binary blobs removed from coreboot.[6] Libreboot makes coreboot easy to use by automating the build and installation processes.[7][8][9][10]

Libreboot developers have reverse engineered the firmware from Intel and created a utility to create a free firmware that meets the specifications from Intel.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Libreboot release information". Libreboot. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Coreboot ARM". coreboot. 15 October 2013. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  3. ^ "libreboot's COPYING file". notabug.org. Archived from the original on 9 July 2021. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  4. ^ "List of GNU software packages on 22 May 2016". GNU project. 22 May 2016. Archived from the original on 22 May 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  5. ^ "[Libreboot] GNU Libreboot, version 20160818 released". lists.gnu.org. Archived from the original on 18 October 2019. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  6. ^ Bärwaldt, Erik. "Liberated » Linux Magazine". Linux Magazine. Archived from the original on 22 August 2021. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  7. ^ "Libreboot on an X60, Part I: the Setup | Linux Journal". Linux Journal. Archived from the original on 22 August 2021. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Libreboot on an x60, Part II: the Installation | Linux Journal". Linux Journal. Archived from the original on 22 August 2021. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  9. ^ By (16 December 2016). "Harrowing Story Of Installing Libreboot On ThinkPad". Hackaday. Archived from the original on 7 September 2021. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  10. ^ By (20 August 2018). "Installing LibreBoot The (Very) Lazy Way". Hackaday. Archived from the original on 24 November 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  11. ^ Vaughan-Nichols, Steven J. "Taurinus X200: Now the most 'Free Software' laptop on the planet". ZDNet. Archived from the original on 26 August 2021. Retrieved 6 September 2021.